Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Deciphering the microbial nitrogen cycle
Forschungsgruppe Mikrobielle Physiologie
SummaryNitrogen-cycling microorganisms control the bioavailability of nitrogen, which is a vital resource used for the production of crucial biological compounds such as proteins. Understanding how microbes transform one nitrogen compound to another enables us to comprehend how nitrogen cycling is currently functioning, and to better predict its future. Our research is focused on characterizing nitrogen-cycling microbes in molecular detail, and discovering new biochemical pathways and processes in the nitrogen cycle, which has an immense impact on global warming and water pollution.